The Ten Best: Digital radios
Thursday 12 October 2006
1. Pure One, £49.99
For the price, this simple radio can't be faulted. Sound quality, although mono, is good, and you can upgrade to a rechargeable battery pack.
www.pure.com; 01923 277 488
2. Genus DU1, £49.99
Turn your existing hi-fi into a digital radio with this remote-controlled gizmo. It plugs into the "auxiliary" input. Better sound, less bulk.
3. Freeplay Devo, £99.45
With rechargeable in-built battery and wind-up handle, here's a digital radio you can use on a desert island.
www.freeplayenergy.com; 020-7851 2600
4. Arcam DiVA, DT91£475
This crystal clear, high-end hi-fi separate is so good it will expose the narrow bandwidth of some stations. The best will match CD quality.
www.arcam.co.uk; 01223 203 200
5. Pure Bug Too, £99.99
Design by Wayne Hemingway, with lots of features such as pause live radio, record to an SD card (or computer) and on-screen listings.
www.pure.com; 01923 277 488
6. Genus SLM, £99.99
This is the best digital hand-held radio yet. Throws in MP3 playback from an SD card(up to 700 songs) and FM radio too.
7. Onkyo CS-515UK, £299.95
The first micro hi-fi tuned for British listening tastes, apparently. The DAB element grasps weaker signals, and it has excellent sound quality.
www.onkyo.co.uk; 01494 681 515
8. Intempo PP-01, £99.95
For £15, you can use any digital photograph to personalise the outside of the PP-01. It's a winner as a radio, too.
www.intempodigital.com; 0161-828 5248
9. Denon D-M35 DAB, £300
A top-quality micro that sounds almost as good as full-size hi-fi. Handles digital radio well, plus good FM and AM, and CD/MP3-CD playback. www.denon.co.uk; 01234 741 200
10. Acoustic Solutions ICS100, £99.95
Adds digital radio to an existing in-car stereo, via a black box in the boot. You can plug in an iPod, too. Controls are mounted below your windscreen.
www.dabincar.co.uk; 08712 307 747
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